What we do
We focus on four broad subjects:
The availability of water determines where people live and what they do and, reversely, human activities also affect the way water resources are distributed through time and space. The coupled and dynamic nature of human and water systems makes it challenging to attribute causes and effects (i.e. to predict the effect of specific decisions), which is necessary to design effective and sustainable policies and infrastructure. This challenge is particularly difficult and urgent in developing countries where (i) climatic, economic and demographic are rapidly changing and (ii) observational data are missing.
In our group, we combine recent parsimonous (but causal) hydrologic models with approaches from microeconomic theory and dynamic systems to model the behavior of coupled human-water systems. We leverage recent advances in earth observation satellite and econometric approaches for causal inference to observe and attribute change in regions, where observational data cannot be obtained due to remoteness, political isolation or war.
Get in touch
The University of Notre Dame is located in the city of South Bend, IN, two hours by car east of Chicago.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences is located in Fitzpatrick Hall, directly northeast of the football stadium